The November Chill
We had to stand in formation. Not everyone had gloves, so no one was permitted to wear gloves. We stood at attention in the cold air for over two hours. I didn’t complain. It was Monday. November 25, 1963. The University of Illinois required all freshman males to take ROTC. Mandatory ROTC for a year was good. I re-entered ROTC my senior year; got commissioned | Read More »
November 22, 1963
Oswald was convicted in the public mind on Friday, November 22, 1963. Newspaper reports said a sniper killed the President from 100 yards using a high-powered rifle. Other newspaper reports said Oswald killed Officer J.D. Tippett and then fled to the Texas Theater, where he was arrested See the newspaper front papes found at Robin Unger’s JFK Assassination Research Photo Galleries. Some of the November | Read More »
Moral Hazard in the Bank Settlement
Here’s the deal. Mortgage borrowers who are underwater are divided into two categories. Category 1: Underwater and delinquent. Category 2: Underwater, not delinquent. Those in Category 1 get to write down their loans and re-finance. Those in Category 2 only get to re-finance. Hm. That’s rewarding bad behavior. The government is feeding stray cats. Ha, ha, ha on those who play by the rules.
What Do You Want?
To back a losing candidate you sorta like? To back a winning candidate you don’t like? To back a losing candidate you don’t like? To back a winning candidate you like? These are the choices: Gingrich, Romney, Romney, Gingrich. It’s 50-50, tilted in favor of Obama. I say, go with your gut.
Thoughts as to Tim McVeigh and the OKC Story
The Government’s Story The basic story is – that McVeigh drove a Ryder truck to the front of the Murrah Federal Building; – that the truck was packed with a mixture of ammonium nitrate and diesel fuel; and – that the truck detonated. No disagreement, so far, as to the broad strokes. Story Continued The rest of the the official story is basically that the | Read More »
Explosives and Rocket-Making: 1960 and Today
Autumn 1960 My 15-year-old friends and I were deeply into rocket-making and explosives. Girls were much more complicated, but very interesting as well. We experimented (with rockets) daily — before, during, and after school and on the weekends. Most experiments were duds. But my friend Herb and I made some breakthroughs. Breakthrough #1 The first breakthrough was to discover that a very powerful rocket fuel | Read More »
When I got back, my mind was screwed up. For two reasons. I didn’t want anyone to know I was defective and weak. I was afraid and frightened. I had suppressed stress and that bang on the head. And ignored the adrenalin on which my body had become dependent. Here’s the deal: You have dealt with stress? Seek help. I’d go today to a good | Read More »
In 1969, here’s what five bucks bought: – 50 packs of Winstons (which I smoked) – 50 gallons of gasoline – a steak dinner with wine at a fancy restaurant The Fed has cheapened our currency in the meantime. We have let it happen. I say, time enough. Let’s re-take our government.
A Not-So-Modest Proposal on Abortion
First, overturn Roe v. Wade (1973) and return the abortion debate to the states. Second, organize at the state level informed opposition to abortion. HERE’S WHAT WOULD HAPPEN Corrupt legislators in some “blue” states — such as Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont — would ignore modern pre-natal medical technology and pass laws making abortion legal in the first trimester — the Roe rule. Some states, no | Read More »
Principles vs. Politics
I am into principles, not politics. So maybe I don’t belong here, even though I love the posts and feel at home. Principles trump politics in my book. Am I naive? Of course. I’d rather be naive than cynical. Cynical means you see injustice and accept it. I do not accept injustice. I am prepared to be offended. And to attack injustice. I know this | Read More »
Telling Truth from Lies
Truth is funny. You can beat on it, cross-examine it, and it always shines true. Like gold. It doesn’t corrode or otherwise degrade. It is extremely durable. LIES Lies are different. They hold up to casual inspection. But upon deeper inspection, a lie raises one or more questions that cannot be answered satisfactorily. That is the hallmark of a lie. Take Obama’s health care proposal, | Read More »
Do What Reagan Did.
As I write this, labor unions have launched a general strike against the Greek SOCIALIST government, Why? Because the Greek government has implemented sharp, across-the-board spending cuts — just as the U.S. government should do. Why? Because the Greek government went on a spending spree for a decade, ran up a huge deficit, and is facing a default on its national debt. Sound familiar? We | Read More »
Why Roe v. Wade is wrong!
Roe v. Wade (1973) amended the Constitution. It did so by creating a novel “Right of Privacy” into which government may not intrude. Now, I’m ALL for privacy. ALL for keeping government out of my life. Problem is, the Constitution NEVER ONCE uses the word “privacy.” Harry Blackmun, who wrote the majority opinion in Roe, simply INVENTED a zone of privacy — made it all | Read More »
Know Your Enemy
There was a guy in my late-1960s ROTC unit who openly carried Mao’s Little Red Book — the then bible of communist China. A right-wing sorta guy. When he got challenged, which happened often, he always said, “Know your enemy.” This diary aims at describing the Left. The Political Structure (not the Power Structure) of the Left Like communism, the Left not monolithic. It includes | Read More »
Here’s a treat for Redstate.
It’s a true adventure story…be sure to read the ending. I arrived at Bien Hoa Airbase on 15 September 1971 having under my belt – the rank of 1LT (USAR), – 47 weeks of language training (Defense Language Institute) – a stint at the army intelligence school (Fort Huachuca, Arizona), – a degree in electrical engineering, and – a law degree. I was schooled-up really | Read More »
Why I’m here
I come here to find my blog voice after three years of arguing and finally being banned on Dkos and FDL. The tipping point was the Citizens United case. As a lawyer who studied the case and a bunch of First Amendment cases before it, I could see the case was correctly decided. I could also see that a lot of lefty activists were misrepresenting | Read More »
Why Citizens United Was Decided Correctly
The outrage over the decision in the Citizens United case is misplaced. Four points need to be made about the law as it stood just before Citizens United was decided: 1) Media corporations were free to publish advocacy and issue “ads,” although congress held the power to end this freedom. This was federal law as to federal elections. Advocacy ad: Vote for (or against) Candidate | Read More »
What the Left Wants to Do to this Country
Make no mistake about it. Mainstream lefty blogs like Firedoglake are controlled or heavily populated by people who want to overturn Citizens United and give Congress the power to censor (control) corporate political speech. I wouldn’t mind so much if they were honest about it. But they’re not. They’re spreading all kinds of lies. The chief lie is that corporations now can give unlimited amounts | Read More »